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firstly, hello everyone! just joined so i hope you're all ok. Also desperate for help and advice for my x reg uk turbo 2000. Car currently sat on private road and has been for two weeks. Battery has been slowly discharging quicker than normal and i've found the aux belt to be loose - this has now been tightened. After that the car was starting and driving fine (ish - its done a lot of miles) i go to start the car yesterday and find it is completely dead. i examine the Battery and find its leaking badly(Battery was very old and needed replacing anyway) so...stupidly i allowed my friend to get a Battery for me from Halfords and he returns with a 005 with a starting capacity of 450amps. this compares to my old battery of 005L (assuming the L stands for larger capacity) and a starting power of 520amps. 


Once connected up i find that the electrics all turn on fine, but when i turn the key theres 'click!' and nothing more. no crack, no attempt to start. To be safe i call Greenflag out. He connects up the new battery to his big mobile jump starter - with exactly the same results. He examines the oil to find it 'really low' - and provides a verdict of a seized engine from low oil. With the car having been sat he guesses its slowly dripped oil (from where he can't surmise) and the engine has now seized. I ask about the battery and its lower starting power to which he says '12v is 12v, and with me trying to jump your battery - this would rule out the battery' (battery putting out a respectable 12.5v.


Now admittedly the oil is very low - but I don't believe its leaked any since its been sat for 2 weeks. I want to know if the problem could be the lower capacity battery? He insists not, but i find it weird that my car was fine 2 weeks ago.


Oh, in addition, the car randomly clicks (fuel pump priming etc) with the key OUT of the ignition at points. The same noise as when turning the key. i dunno, i just didn't have much faith in him. His advice? Drop a load of oil in it, if it works - your cars ok. if not? Your engines seized.


Any thoughts and advice welcome. Thank you!

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I cant see it being a seized engine as its sat?


If you are getting ignition lights and a new Battery its not that.


The click is the starter ring gear moving out to the flywheel to start.


Sound to me like the starter motor has gone or a bad earth


Give the start a tap with a rubber or wooden pallet or use block of wood with a hammer.


Then try to start it


Check the earth cable for breaks also were it connects to the body is not rusted


Hope its the starter needs a wack :)

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